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None of this is true. In the past decade, scientists have come to  realize that our memories are not inert packets of data and they don’t  remain constant. Even though every memory feels like an honest  representation, that sense of authenticity is the biggest lie of all.
When CISD fails, it fails because, as scientists have recently  learned, the very act of remembering changes the memory itself. New  research is showing that every time we recall an event, the structure of  that memory in the brain is altered in light of the present moment,  warped by our current feelings and knowledge. That’s why pushing to  remember a traumatic event so soon after it occurs doesn’t unburden us;  it reinforces the fear and stress that are part of the recollection.
This new model of memory isn’t just a theory—neuroscientists actually  have a molecular explanation of how and why memories change. In fact,  their definition of memory has broadened to encompass not only the  cliché cinematic scenes from childhood but also the persisting mental  loops of illnesses like PTSD and addiction—and even pain disorders like  neuropathy. Unlike most brain research, the field of memory has actually  developed simpler explanations. Whenever the brain wants to retain  something, it relies on just a handful of chemicals. Even more  startling, an equally small family of compounds could turn out to be a  universal eraser of history, a pill that we could take whenever we  wanted to forget anything.
And researchers have found one of these compounds.
In the very near future, the act of remembering will become a choice.

I saw Eternal Sunshine as a cautionary tale and believe that our experiences, even the horrific, define our humanity.  What worth is pleasure without pain?  In my coddled, 21st Century, American life perhaps I dismiss the true impact of trauma too cavalierly.

None of this is true. In the past decade, scientists have come to realize that our memories are not inert packets of data and they don’t remain constant. Even though every memory feels like an honest representation, that sense of authenticity is the biggest lie of all.

When CISD fails, it fails because, as scientists have recently learned, the very act of remembering changes the memory itself. New research is showing that every time we recall an event, the structure of that memory in the brain is altered in light of the present moment, warped by our current feelings and knowledge. That’s why pushing to remember a traumatic event so soon after it occurs doesn’t unburden us; it reinforces the fear and stress that are part of the recollection.

This new model of memory isn’t just a theory—neuroscientists actually have a molecular explanation of how and why memories change. In fact, their definition of memory has broadened to encompass not only the cliché cinematic scenes from childhood but also the persisting mental loops of illnesses like PTSD and addiction—and even pain disorders like neuropathy. Unlike most brain research, the field of memory has actually developed simpler explanations. Whenever the brain wants to retain something, it relies on just a handful of chemicals. Even more startling, an equally small family of compounds could turn out to be a universal eraser of history, a pill that we could take whenever we wanted to forget anything.

And researchers have found one of these compounds.

In the very near future, the act of remembering will become a choice.

I saw Eternal Sunshine as a cautionary tale and believe that our experiences, even the horrific, define our humanity.  What worth is pleasure without pain?  In my coddled, 21st Century, American life perhaps I dismiss the true impact of trauma too cavalierly.

Mattel Will Finally Release The Hoverboard From ‘Back To The Future’

The year 2015 is coming up fast, and it seems like many of the future inovations seen in the future Hill Valley of Back to the Future: Part II have not come to pass — but I’m still hopeful that we’ll all be in flying hovercars in just three years time (um, yeah). Last year, Nike finally produced a limited edition “preview” run of the self-lacing Nike MAG sneakers. I saw last week on Gizmodo that we’re getting close to inventing the real-life Mr. Fusion. And this weekend at the New York Toy Fair, Mattel has finally announced the much anticipated release of the Hoverboard, a futuristic hovering skateboard that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) used in the Back to the Future sequels.